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Checking up on the Cubs top prospects, part 1

A month ago I took a look at how the Cubs top prospects (ratings from John Sickels) were doing and the final part was a form for you so we could have our own top prospect list. The final part in this series will be those results. I know you’ve waited on pins and needles […]

Mid-Season Good and Bad: Position Players

Last year over at Aisle 424, I decided that grading players on a scale of objectivity was ultimately dumb and subjective. But since it’s like a blog law that you have to do something like that at the All-Star break, I developed my Yin and Yang system wherein I say one good thing and one […]

Midseason look at the Cubs top prospects, part 3

We’ve taken an extensive look at the top 20 Cubs prospects this season by Sickels so it’s time to look at some others who weren’t ranked. John Gaub Gaub is coming of a season in which he walked almost a batter per inning and allowed a tons of runs, but this season he’s been pretty […]

Midseason look at the Cubs top prospects, part 1

I figured now was a good time to post something about the Cubs top prospects since it’s past the midway point in the full minor league seasons. The short-season teams just got under way. I’m using Sickel’s top 20. I’m breaking this into three parts. I’ll cover 11-20 here and then 1-10 while the final […]

What the Cubs may soon look like

The Cubs are 8.5 games out of first place and it’s just the first of June. Their pythagorean record is even worse than their actual 23-30 record. Pythag has them at 22-31. The only team with a worse Pythag than the Cubs is the Houston Astros at 22-33. Minnesota is worse in the AL at […]

Welington Castillo to Chicago?

It could be nothing, but I couldn’t help but notice that moments after Soto was out of the game that the Iowa Cubs pinch hit for Welington Castillo. Castillo began the season rehabbing in High-A Daytona and has hit a combined .244/.324/.400. This is his 14th game for the Iowa Cubs and he played 12 […]

How bad is Koyie Hill?

Over the last two seasons Koyie Hill has posted a 51 wRC+ (weighted runs created, adjusted so that 100 is average like ERA+ and OPS+). wRC+, you may remember, uses wOBA.  Oddly enough, it’s only 11th worst over those two seasons among players with 200 or more PA. It’s bad. It’s downright terrible, but he […]

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